Documentaries

To pass the dog days of winter, my free time generally consists of two things: skiing and hibernation. Whereas the first is fairly self-explanatory, hibernation involves bunking up in my or Taka’s heated room, playing Halo, bouncing on my ball, and, most recently, watching documentaries. I’m not sure how my interest began (probably boredom), but it’s now become routine to check rottontomatoes.com, find a documentary that has a high TomatoMeter ranking, type into Google “Watch [name of documentary] online”, and soak it up. Questionably legal but highly informative, I’ve gained many a’ random fact about an assortment of topics, including: History of big wave surfing; Warming of the globe; Mating rituals of penguins; Getting a man on the moon; History of marijuana in the U.S.; 11 lessons from Robert S. McNamara; A French tightrope-walker’s quest to traverse the World Trade Center buildings; Eight national spelling bee-ers quests to be #1; What’s up with U.S. healthcare; How Dogtown’s Z-boys invented vert skateboarding; Rise and fall of Enron; and Ernest Shackleton’s successful failure to cross Antarctica. From polarized party politics to fatty french fries, you can usually find something that suits your fancy. So if you ever find yourself staring out the window and seeing tons of snow, I suggest you go skiing. Then build a snowman. Then pull up a chair, or roll a ball, to a computer connected to the blogosphere, and let the documentation begin.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerry Matheny on February 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Never underestimate the knowledge of trivia one can only gain from endless watching of documentaries. Great at cocktail parties for getting people to look at you sideways and say “Why do you know that?”

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  2. Posted by jannyd1028 on February 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    When you come back to the States, shotgun being on your team for Trivia night.

    Reply

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